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General Discussion / Re: AFC Telford at home
« on: February 14, 2023, 06:09:11 PM »
Agree with your potential selection John. Let’s hope it happens…but I suspect not.

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General Discussion / Re: AFC Telford at home
« on: February 14, 2023, 03:47:18 PM »
Goal difference could yet be crucial so we need to be ruthless as I’m sure TW will emphasise. I’d like us to start with two, if not three attackers and really go for it…but that’s not going to happen.

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General Discussion / Re: Linnets knocked off top
« on: February 13, 2023, 02:00:56 PM »
John H - agree completely that the performance Saturday was good but we must take at least one or two chances when so many are created. I would also settle for any sort of win tomorrow but something emphatic would lift the spirits and make a statement that we're back in business (as far as other clubs are concerned).

Mallard - I'm unlikely to make tomorrow (the wife might get upset as it's Valentine's Day)...but I'll be back on Saturday. Whatever else, we footie fans are resilient and keep coming back for me even when things don't go our way!!

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General Discussion / Re: Linnets knocked off top
« on: February 12, 2023, 02:30:45 PM »
I’m now looking for a big reaction on Tiesday and a win by at least three goals.

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General Discussion / Re: Linnets knocked off top
« on: February 11, 2023, 06:09:47 PM »
Assuming we can stay in contention then the double-header against Fylde could enable us to do it still. I have to say I was pleased with the effort and performance today and equally pleased with the set up, i.e. two attackers then three. It didn’t come off but on another day…. Why don’t we do that now away to teams so that we apply the pressure rather than having it applied?  Whatever, we must ensure we keep taking points to ensure we’re at home in the play-offs.

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General Discussion / Re: Chester Home
« on: February 10, 2023, 03:52:08 PM »
I have to say that I’m worried about tomorrow’s game. We need three points but with Clunan and Barrett out the midfield looks weaker. I hope any worries prove to be misplaced but if I was betting my money would be on a draw. Anyone any info on the situations with those injured?

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General Discussion / Re: Spennymoor away
« on: February 08, 2023, 06:11:38 PM »
Agreed…I have said before we’re too defensive away from home. I’m all for TW but am just concerned that he hasn’t modified his approach to away games after repeated defeats to teams much lower down. Why not play two  attackers?  Cosgrave is on form yet spent most of last night on the bench. Why didn’t he start alongside Ponticelli?    If we want to win the League we must take risks. Seeking to play safe isn’t working. I think we’re at a crunch point in the season - either we settle for the play-offs or we push hard for the title. The former should be all but guaranteed now (unless we bombed completely) so what’s to lose?

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General Discussion / Re: Spennymoor away
« on: February 07, 2023, 09:44:58 PM »
I’m sorry to say I have to agree. Why, why, why can’t we play with two attackers away from home?  As you say. The remaining away games look difficult.

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General Discussion / Re: Spennymoor away
« on: February 07, 2023, 07:25:28 PM »
Just looked at our line-up…yet again, just one attacker. This is too defensive as I have said previously and doesn’t bode well for a result, sadly.

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General Discussion / Spennymoor Tonight
« on: February 07, 2023, 10:45:40 AM »
I’d like to feel confident about tonight but, regrettably, have a sinking feeling. Oh to be proven wrong…

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General Discussion / Re: Bad day for the Linnets
« on: February 06, 2023, 06:30:37 PM »
Exactly. I could accept away defeats more if I felt we were going out to win rather than not to lose.

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General Discussion / Re: Bad day for the Linnets
« on: February 05, 2023, 10:10:44 AM »
Exactly JohnH. Our own lack of discipline was a problem. In our position we shouldn’t lack discipline especially when it must have been apparent that the Ref was card happy. I know it’s easy to say and you can get up in the moment but we can’t afford to have good players missing. We have a squad that is as good a one as I can remember, if not better, and I’m completely behind TW. We have to put yesterday behind us move forward. Let’s hope it galvanises everyone and Tuesday we get a stunning win ahead of next Saturday’s tricky game.

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General Discussion / Re: Bad day for the Linnets
« on: February 04, 2023, 07:38:31 PM »
The more I ponder on today the more disappointed I am. We’re top of the League and should be playing positively and with energy etc.  in my days of playing sport, when you lead from the top/front you don’t believe you’re going to lose and run on belief, adrenalin and so forth. There are no easy games but with respect to Buxton we shoild have been capable of three points with a draw as second best. Look how many points they’ve dropped at home!  Artificial pitch or not there are no excuses for how we performed. Even a bad referee shouldn’t be able to thwart a decent performance. Unless we get our act together, and quickly, we’ll be sucked into the playoffs where anything could happen. We could end the season with nothing and that would be a real shame.

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General Discussion / Re: Bad day for the Linnets
« on: February 04, 2023, 05:00:23 PM »
We had better have one hell of a good reaction on Tuesday night or we’re going to lose out to AFC Fylde.

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General Discussion / Re: Bad day for the Linnets
« on: February 04, 2023, 04:58:52 PM »
Agreed. Especially when some results went our way. Once again I think we started with too defensive a line-up..and two players sent off is not acceptable.

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